Questions tagged [trombone]

A brass wind instrument with a cylindrical bore expanding into a bell and bent twice in a U shape, whose length can be varied by a slide.

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How do harmonic tones get “out of tune” on a brass instrument?

In a video I saw, a guy was reviewing a prototype trombone, and he said that "the high f is out of tune" (the sixth overtone) I don't understand how a fixed length of tubing (1st position) can produce ...
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Preparing for Auditions after time away

I used to play the trombone religiously when I was in school but during my second year of college I had to give it up. I haven't played in a group or on my own for more than a couple hours over the ...
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What’s a Soli and do I have to play it

I’m working on music for a band that has multiple parts and I will be playing the third part for my section, but I’m first for that part. There’s a section marked “soli”. Am I correct in assuming that ...
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I don't recognize the symbol on top of this note. What is it, and how does it affect the note?

This is a picture of the note and the symbol. It's part of a blues trombone solo. I would like to know what the symbol is and how I should play it.
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Is it a bad idea to learn tuba and trombone at the same time?

My 12-year-old son's new tuba instructor told us that it was a terrible idea to learn trombone while learning tuba. I am not familiar with the brass instrument. So is there truth to it?
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How to get a fuller tone from a small bore trombone?

I have an old 1962 conn 18h with a copper bell that has a .484 bore. I am generally playing lower pieces that don’t sound as good as the high register. Is there any way (other than a new mouthpiece ...
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Regaining trombone embouchure after 3 years off

I am looking for advice. After 3 years I would like to return to playing trombone (I stopped- due to braces). Now I can't form my embouchure correctly (no vibrations) :( Do you have some ...
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“Only open voicing below middle C!” Really?

Every resource I've seen and person I've talked to has said that putting low voices, usually trombones, in close spacing anywhere below C4 is to be avoided at all costs, due to muddiness. As I arrange,...
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Spud Murphy tune calls for “Red Mute” on trumpet and trombone parts

In my 25 years of playing, I've never heard of a "red mute". Any ideas? My bandleader said it meant a cup, but later in the song, it had us use plungers while still muted (the notation was pretty ...
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Bass trumpet vs. valve trombone

Apart from the obvious external form difference, how do a bass trumpet and a valve trombone differ?
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Bass Trombone in G or F

I play in a community brass band and have just taken up the trombone. I'd like to use my tenor trombone (in b flat) to play bass trombone parts where necessary. A lot of the bass trombone parts are ...
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How do I learn to use the plunger mute for a solo? What is a good simple exercise?

I want to use the plunger mute for a solo (baby elephant walk). I can play it without the plunger, but I have no idea what I'm doing with the plunger. It is totally uncomfortable. Balance is ...
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Why do some trombone players put their index finger over the mouthpiece while playing?

I've recently started playing the trombone for fun (read: I'm not taking lessons). I've noticed when watching many trombonists on video and in pictures that they often put their index finger over the ...
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Counting long rests in music

So, in orchestra we got given Bolero and the third trombone part has 236 rests before we come in (yes I counted). If you're wondering, I'm not some professional player, I'm the youngest in the group ...
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New to bass trombone

I usually play a tenor trombone or baritone. I'm completely new to the concept of bass trombone. All i know is that its obviously in Bb, with an F attachment key. Im also not used to playing notes ...
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Are there different type of lacquer problems?

Hello fellow musicians! Directly related to my previous question. I checked my new trombone again for lacquer problems. I saw three different types of missing lacquer. At the slide handle, the ...
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Bach Stradivarius LT42 restoration

I got a Bach LT42 with quart valve for few Euros, worth about € 1000,-. Now the trombone was built in the 1980s, so its material is brilliant, the sound is really great! The caveat: It’s in quite ...
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N.V. Meaning in Jazz

I play in a big band. One arrangement we play has "N.V." In quite a lot of the parts. Particularly in trombone and saxophone parts. Any ideas what it might mean?
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Can a baritone be used for a trombone part?

I am making a brass quintet, and I need two trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba. I have all except the trombone. Can a baritone substitute for the trombone part? Will it have a similar tone and/...
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Trombone (or any other brass instrument really) construction material

I'm not really sure where to post this question: As a trombone player, I've never understood why aluminum is never used in brass instrument manufacturing. It's seldom mentioned on the internet as ...
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What types of orchestra degrees are there

I am doing an Essay about careers we want to be and I am writing about being a musician. I had a question that I could not find anywhere on the internet: What type of degrees there are in music? I am ...
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Reading trombone notes

I'm reading notes for my trombone for band, and there's these quarter notes, sometimes half notes, on top of another quarter note or half note. I have no idea what this means please help me!!! Band is ...
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Muting my trombone

Playing the trombone in a jazz band sometimes a damper is required to mute the trombone or to play effects as wah-wah. I'm playing at intermediate level and I'm fresh to any kind of muting my ...
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Why are some major trombone solos written for the 2nd player rather than the Principal?

Does anyone happen to know why it is that several major trombone solos (Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and Scheherazade for example) are indicated in the 2nd Trombone Part rather ...
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Doubling Trumpet and Trombone

I have been playing the trumpet for two years now. I decided on May of the current year to buy a Trombone and play the Trombone as well. I was getting a really nice tone on the Trumpet but now, for ...
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Noation of music concerning the Trombone Player

When a Trombone player read music from the Treble Clef How does he/she reads it, does he/she reads middle C an Octave down?
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Role of muscle memory vs. ear-based micro-adjustments in non-fixed-note instruments

Many instruments have fixed notes tuned according to equal temperament, but some don't. The most common examples are the violin family, the trombone, and the human voice, but one can also find ...
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Equipment for trombone live music show, with backing tracks

What would be the best equipment to use (e.g. speakers) to play "minus-one" backing tracks, while I play my trombone live, in venues such as hotels and restaurants?
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How to make a more “mature” trombone sound?

I'm in my 8th year playing the trombone, and will be entering my first year in University at the beginning of next year. I started recording myself playing recently, and one of the first things that I ...
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How to get used to an F attachment? (trombone)

I have 2 years of experience with a regular school trombone. I'm worried when I get an F attachment trombone, positions like 7th and 6th will mess me up for I am not used to going to 2nd/1st as ...
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Trombone to Voice

I'm both a trombonist in a couple bands and a bass vocalist in an acappella group. I find that when I play trombone for an extended period of time, then switch to singing, I can't access the bottom ...
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Is the notes for a trigger trombone the same as a traditional trombone?

The reason why I ask this question is because I'm wanting to get a tenor trombone with a F trigger and I would like to know if its the same notes as a traditional trombone, because I play the ...
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Playing the Low E Flat on a Trombone

For an audition I have to play 2 octave scales and for E flat. I have to go to the low one(below the staff). I have an F attachment, so that helps I can play it in T3.5, but every time I play it doesn'...
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Difficult Trombone passage

I am currently putting the finishing touches on a brass trio I am composing. After meticulously checking every note and every phrase, I realized the technical difficulty of the opening 4 measures of ...
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Limit on Trombone Mouthpiece Buzzing Range

I've been doing some buzzing exercises on my mouthpiece where I do octave slides from Bb on the second from bottom line of the bass clef, moving up in semitones. My highest is the octave slide ...
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How to perform trombone solo? (improvisation)

I'm a euphonium player, but for jazz band at school I play trombone. Everyone in jazz band is required to play an improv piece only this is my first year doing trombone, so I'm not so certain. Should ...
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Is it possible to play 2 wind instruments well?

I am currently playing the tenor trombone and flute. I have been playing the trombone for quite a while and I have recently taken up the flute. I am finding it difficult to sustain a strong tone on ...
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Which exam board should we use? (UK)

My children both play instruments. My 11 year old plays the clarinet and did grades 3 and 4 with ABRSM and then moved to Trinity for grades 5 and 6. She got a distinction in grade 6 just after her ...
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Bass and treble clef brass parts

As a euphonium player I have often wondered, why are treble clef parts written for a Bb insturment, and bass clef parts written for a concert C instrument? I understand why different instruments have ...
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What does “Open Vamp” mean?

Playing the trumbone in BRAZIL from S.K.Russel and Ary Barroso a few weeks ago i fell over the sign "Open Vamp" in the trombone 2 part (in bar 10). Please help: what does this mean and how to play it?...
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Strengthen mouth muscles without mouthpiece

Is there a way to strengthen your mouth muscles specially to blow brass instruments without mouthpiece?
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Playing the trombone: what does “in stand” mean?

I play in a jazz band and we are playing some Latin pieces. In "One Note Samba" there is written "in stand". What does that mean? How to play that with the trombone?
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cleaning trombone slide where outer slide is under the inner slide

I have been playing for some time, but have never found a good way to clean the inner slide up inside the part where the outer slide is under the metal in first position I've tried tooth picks and ...
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Trombone attachments, bore, and range

Contrast a straight tenor trombone versus a larger-bore tenor trombone with F attachment. It appears that the larger-bore with F attachment activated will go down to C2 without having to hit any ...
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How to free up a rusty trombone slide?

I just bought a crap old trombone for $50. It has a few dings, but sounds fine. The problem is that the slide is slightly rusty (little fleck marks on the inner slide, I can't see inside the outer ...
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Attacking lower notes on trombone

I have difficulty cleanly attacking lower register notes with my f attachment .547 bore trombone using a 1&1/2g mouthpiece. Could I expect that a larger bore bass trombone would improve these ...
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Who was the first composer to notate a trombone smear?

I've been listening to Henry Fillmore's "Trombone Family". It brought me to thinking, how long have trombone smears been around in written sheet music? Was Fillmore, a.k.a. "Father of the Trombone ...
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Does a trigger trombone sound the same as a traditional trombone?

I own a student trombone, and I am looking to purchase a professional one with a trigger. Does a trigger trombone produce the same sound as a non-triggered trombone of the same manufacturer?
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Playing trombone with a beard?

I've just picked up trombone, for the first time. I find it really enjoyable to play, but I'm having trouble with my beard and mustache. As far as I can tell, it doesn't affect the sound at all, but ...
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Where can I find a new water key (spit valve) for an Olds Ambassador trombone?

I got a pretty nice Olds Ambassador from Goodwill. There was duct tape over the spit valve -- the whole water key assembly is missing. I think I could repair it myself, but am not quite sure where to ...